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Homecoming Week

Madeline Payne
Juniors work together to create their winning sidewalk masterpiece.

Madeline Payne

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This past week was Homecoming week at school. This road trip across the country sadly came to an end when students decked out in the their red and white clothing for their final stop back home in Oklahoma.

Before leaving for the first destination, there was a class wall competition in the Commons. Each class made an amazing mural depicting each stop on the trip. The points earned in this competition were the first points towards the Spirit Stick scores.

The Seniors, who won the competition, depicted each state visited during the week and had multiple cut outs like cars and comets with each student’s name.

The first stop on the cross-country road trip was in Florida where everyone dressed up in their best Floridian wear. Some retirees who chose to retire to Florida visited the Bishop Kelley community on their long trip.

Due to the great amount of rain from the multiple tropical storms that have hit the Florida area, the class sidewalk chalk contest had to be postponed.

On Wednesday, Bishop Kelley drove into New York. With their Hawaiian shirts, khaki shorts, and sensible fanny packs, the Comets looked like the tackiest tourists of all. Some walked around with their selfie sticks and cameras to capture every moment of this terrific trip.

Juniors work together to create their winning sidewalk chalk masterpiece.

While in the concrete jungle, the students took their own sections of the sidewalk and drew a chalk mural for their grade. Each class created beautiful pieces of art with provided chalk on the sidewalk in the courtyard.

The Juniors won this competition. They drew a Bishop Kelley bus driving through the desert while the sun was setting. There were also the words “Steering Us in the Right Direction” with a road sign pointing to Christ at the bottom of the picture.

Jaxson King (11) was impressed by the class participation in the juniors’ artwork.

“KaraGrace Mirando and Celeste McAtee both did most of the planning for our drawing, but everyone helped in the actual drawing part,” King said.

The students made sure to try food from many food trucks that were parked at the top of the U drive that night. They also gathered in the field behind the PC building in hopes of seeing the bonfire. Unfortunately, the bonfire was not able to happen due to some difficulties with the fire permit.

After New York, Bishop Kelley students were on their way home, but first they made a pit stop in Texas. In their stay down South, the students broke out their cowboy boots and flannels. Many of them wore their cowboy hats and even brought horses, too.

Students buy coffee from the Traveling Bean food truck in the U drive.

That morning The Traveling Bean Coffee Company truck parked at the top of the U drive and served coffee to students who wanted it. The line went halfway through the courtyard and consistently stayed that size for the hour they were here.

Fueled by the energizing coffee, the Comets made their way back home. Once they were back in Tulsa, students wore their red and white. In preparation for the big game, students participated in class competitions at the pep rally. At the pep rally, Mrs. Gabel announced that the winner of the Spirit Stick was the Senior class.

Students like Junior Graham Chapple loved all the dress up days.

“My favorite part of homecoming week is getting into the dress-ups and stuff,” Chapple said. “This year I went crazy with a speaker fanny pack and red hair.”

Later that night, Comets returned to the field in all black attire to cheer on their Comet football team and to find out who the Fall Homecoming Queen was. The Comets beat the Collinsville Cardinals with a score of 24-6.

At the game, the 2017 Fall Homecoming Court walked onto the field with their escorts during halftime.

The Sophomore attendants were Josie Alcott escorted by Luke Griffin and Mary Jane Woodliff escorted by her brother Davis Woodliff.

The Junior attendants were Ava Moon escorted by Max Lassman and Anna Edmondson escorted by Zac Lissau. Both the Junior attendants loved the chance they were given by their classmates to be on Homecoming Court.

“One of the most stressful events to get ready for, but in the end one of the most humbling experiences,” said Moon. “It was so enjoyable to be surrounded by all my supportive, loving friends and I loved the experience!”

Anna Edmondson agreed.   

“First off, it was such an honor,” Edmondson said, “It was super fun and I loved every minute of it!”

The Senior attendants were Katherine Barton escorted by Matthew Harter, Zeze Cummings escorted by Chris Ritchie, Catherine Easterling escorted by Thomas Cunningham, and Claire Murphy escorted by Turner Snapp.

Catherine Easterling received the honor of being the 2017 Homecoming Court Maid of Honor.

The 2016 Fall Homecoming Queen Morgan McNulty returned to Bishop Kelley in order to crown the 2017 Fall Homecoming Queen Senior Claire Murphy.

Saturday night, the students all gathered at the Cox Convention Center downtown to celebrate the win and to have fun with their friends at the Fall Homecoming Dance. It was a great way to end the week!

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